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Homemade Dog Treats for Your Four-Legged Pals

Feverishly followed foodie, crafter and editor Paul Lowe bakes homemade treats for his BFFs: a pair of French Bulldogs.

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I have two French Bulldogs, Hugo and Lestat. They are my best friends and constant companions. My pups give so much love to me, I like to return the favor by making them homemade treats. These treats are fabulous because they contain only wholesome ingredients - no chemicals. Hugo and Lestat can be picky eaters, (they have a few allergies as well), so with these recipes, I'm always aware of exactly what they're eating. 

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I'm not gonna lie, I've tried all of these. With a little extra seasoning, you can snack on them, too!

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Kale Cookies

Kale is as healthy for our four-legged friends as it is for us. Mix it up with spinach, broccoli or parsley - a great antidote for doggie breath.

Kale Cookies

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INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
DIRECTIONS
  1. Into a blender add kale and chicken stock. Blend until smooth.
  2. Into mixing bowl pour blended mixture.
  3. Add egg, mix well.
  4. Add flour. Mix ingredients to consistency of a dough.
  5. Roll dough thinly and using a knife or cookie cutter, cut out shapes.
  6. Onto dehydrator sheets, place the dough cut-outs.
  7. On top of the dehydrator machine stack sheets. Dry 10 to 12 hours until brittle.
  8. Store in an airtight container.
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Peanut and Wheat Germ Treats

My dogs' favorites.

Peanut and Wheat Germ Treats

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SERVINGS

50

INGREDIENTS
  • ½ cup unsweetened peanut butter
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
DIRECTIONS
  1. Into a mixing bowl combine peanut butter and water.
  2. Add egg, mix well.
  3. Add wheat germ and flour mix until a dough forms.
  4. Roll dough thinly and using a knife or cookie cutter, cut out bite-size shapes.
  5. Onto dehydrator sheets place the dough cut-outs.
  6. On top of the dehydrator machine, stack sheets. Dry 10 to 12 hours until brittle.
  7. Store in an airtight container. 
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Sweet Potato Treats

A great snack for your dog - I kind of like them too.

Sweet Potato Treats

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INGREDIENTS
  • 1-2 sweet potatoes
DIRECTIONS
  1. Slice 1 to 2 sweet potatoes into medium-thick slices.
  2. Onto a dehydrator sheet place potato slices.
  3. On top of dehydrator machine place sheet. Dry 5 to 6 hours.
  4. Store in an airtight container.
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Banana and Oat Break-Off Sticks

These are great, as you simply break off custom-size pieces to give your dog. My dainty bulldogs take theirs pretty small. 

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SERVINGS

about 10 sticks

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • water
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, add banana and egg. Mix together.
  2. Add oats and flour. Mix well. If the dough is too dry, add a splash of water.
  3. Dust a clean surface with flour. Roll dough thinly.
  4. Cut dough into long strips.
  5. Onto a silicone baking try, place the strips.
  6. Bake about 15 minutes, until crisp.
  7. Set on a wire rack to cool.
  8. Store in an airtight container.
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